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Dry or wet dog food: which is better?

Opinions differ as to whether dry or wet dog food is healthier. Even experts do not always agree on this. It also always depends on the dog, which type of food tastes and gets better. Here are a few tips to help you find your way around the dog food jungle. This Dalmatian obviously likes his dry food - Shutterstock / Sergey Fatin

Some dog owners swear by dry food because it is so practical, other dog owners prefer wet food because their four-legged friends can better meet their fluid needs. But who is right now? What is better for the dogs?

Benefits of dry dog ​​food

A major advantage of dry dog ​​food is its longer shelf life. Due to the low water content, the croquettes and biscuits do not go bad so quickly and are easier to store. In addition, they make less dirt if the wuff spills when eating. If you go on vacation with your dog or go on a longer trip with him, it is much easier to take dry food with you. Furthermore, your fur must have smaller portions of the croquettes than of the pieces of meat in sauce and pies. In the long term, this is cheaper and protects the environment because less packaging material is used.

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Wet food also has advantages

Wet food usually tastes better for dogs than dry food because the water content releases more flavorings. It is also easier for dogs to meet their water needs if they are already ingesting water. Four-legged friends with a large appetite often find it easier to keep their weight with wet food, since they can eat larger portions without exceeding their calorie requirements. The soft pieces of meat are better accepted by dogs with gum infections or toothache because they are easier to chew. A common issue in dog food is what is better for your teeth. Some say that dry food helps clean teeth due to its hard consistency; the others argue that dry food sticks to teeth when chewed and may even promote dental problems. It is also said that wet dog food is more easily tolerated for digestive problems and food allergies. However, neither one nor the other has been scientifically clearly refuted or confirmed.

Dry food or wet food? Dogs often eat both

There is no reason not to combine dry food and wet food for dogs. In order not to confuse digestion, you should not mix both types of food at the same time, but feed them at different times. If you have found a diet that tastes good for your dog and is good for it, you should stay with it. It is a possibility, but not an obligation, to provide variety through dry and wet dog food.

If your four-legged friend suffers from food intolerance or allergy or needs special nutrition due to indigestion or chronic illnesses, speak to your veterinarian. He can prescribe special food for the sick woof and give you tips for light food or hypoallergenic food. In general, good dog food - regardless of whether it is dry or wet - should have a high meat content and contain high-quality fats and oils. Salmon oil is usually well tolerated by dogs; if there is only a general mention of "fats" or "vegetable oil" on the label, you should better refrain from this food. A little grain or pseudo-grain is fine, with amaranth, buckwheat, millet and rice usually being the least problematic.

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